Friday, July 22, 2016

Mapping Black Led Organizations - Funder Initiative

In today's scan of the Internet I found this article on the web site of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. It's titled, "Four Steps Foundations Should Take to Address Racial Equity".

In Step 1 they point to the map shown below, which you can find at this link.


In other articles about philanthropy on this blog, and in the Tutor/Mentor blog, I've focused on  the need to invest on-going funds in building strong organizations serving youth and families in high poverty, high minority, neighborhoods.  I've encouraged funders to create maps like this, showing organizations doing needed work, and showing who is being funded.  The map above is one of two on the site.

If you're a Black-led organization and not yet on the map, click here, to introduce yourself and be added to the map.

I've been building a map-based directory for over 20 years and understand how difficult it is to gather the information, and keep it updated from year to  year.  It takes the active involvement of organizations seeking funds, as well as those providing funds, and the intermediary who builds and manages the map.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

It's Still Not Too Late

Below is a Letter to the Editor that I wrote to the Chronicle of Philanthropy in 1998. No foundation stepped forward to provide the support I was asking for, but the need still exists.


Browse past articles on this blog, and on the Tutor/Mentor blog to see how I've been using maps, which is how leaders from any city, and every sector could also be using maps.

Read this section of the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC Planning Wiki to see what my goal for using G IS maps has been since 1993. Read this section to see what the Chicago Tutor/Mentor Program Locator is intended to do, and to see challenges it's currently facing.

Then read this section to see a vision for using the Program Locator as a crowd-funding platform.

This can all be kept available in Chicago, or made available in any other city, if an investor/benefactor and/or partner will come forward to help.


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Chicago's Public Housing Changes Not Good for All


Today I read this report on the Better Government Association web site, titled "CHA's Transformation Reshaped a City".  It shows while the displacement of public housing residents led to gentrification in some neighborhoods, which had a positive impact on CHA residents who were able to obtain vouchers and live in these areas, most of the benefit went to those moving in, and less went to the poor people who most often moved into other neighborhoods which already held concentrations of poverty.

In 2010 I included the map of Cabrini-Green (shown above) in this blog article, under the title, "Cabrini-Green gone. Are you sure?"

The BGA article includes a statement that 3200 families now live in Chicago's Near North area.  If families average 3 children per family, that would mean there are at least 9,000 low-income kids hidden in this area and I'm not aware of a lot of non-school tutor/mentor programs still there to help them.  Maybe they don't need as much help since affluent families tend to support schools with better trained teachers and more learning opportunities. That benefits poor kids, too.

In January I created a new map showing locations of the youth serving organizations in my database.  If you set my map next to the map in the BGA article, you can begin to determine what level of non-school, volunteer-based tutoring, mentoring and learning programs are available in areas where former CHA residents have been moving.

This is an analysis that should include business, political, government, religious, university, CPS, media and residents, with neighborhood groups focusing attention on each of the high poverty community areas.  It's something that should be funded by the major foundations, or by the city, or the CHA.  

The result should be the growth of more and better services to youth and families in the high poverty areas where former CHA residents live, as well as the development of needed programs in the areas where poor people are living mixed in with people of more affluent backgrounds.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Maps that Make You Rethink the World

 My friend Terry Elliott, a professor at Western Kentucky University, sent me this Washington Post article, which is titled "Six maps that will make you rethink the world."

I encourage you to read the article, look at the maps, and spend some time in deep thinking and conversation with others about what the maps of the world will, or should, look like in the year 2100.

These maps show population changes, growth of cities, and environmental changes taking place over the next century.  Since 1994 when I first started using maps, I've focused on Chicago, and highlighted high poverty areas with my maps.

However, I've also suggested in many forums that there ought to be a world map that shows areas of poverty, or other issues, and that supports deeper learning and discussion by people throughout the world that leads to better management of these changes.

In this link on my web library I point to some of the sites I've found. I'm sure there are more.  


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Chicago. A Divided City


These maps can be seen in this article written by Greg Hinz, in the 6/13/2016 issue of Crain's Chicago Business.  

I wrote about this today in this article on the Tutor/Mentor Blog.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Mapping Participation In Events - June 8 example

Last fall I shared a tutorial for using NodeXL to show participation in Twitter conversations. Then, I created a this map and article showing participation in the Mentoring Summit last February. In May 2016 I created another map and article, showing  participation in The #onthetable2016 event hosted by The Chicago Community Trust.

Today I'm sharing three maps, which show participation in two important conversations held on June 8, 2016. One was a #promisechat hosted by the America's Promise organization, created following the 1997 President's Summit for America's Future. The second was an #Educationdisparities chat, hosting by the Brookings Institution. These were back to back, one starting at 1pm CST and the other at 2pm CST. The maps below show participation in each event, then show participation in both events. This shows the crossover of people who participated in both, such as myself.


Open these links to see the actual maps #promisechat - click here 

 #educationdisparities - click here 

Combined #promisechat and #educationdisparities - click here 

There's much that event organizers can do using these maps, to understand who they are reaching, and to plan future events that recruit more who need to be involved in these conversations. 

There's also much that anyone using Twitter can do to learn who the major influencers in each conversation are, and to reach out and begin to build a relationship by following them. 

I want to thank Marc Smith and NodeXL for creating these maps for me at no cost. 

Connected Action creates maps for business users for a $79.95 per map fee, and they offer discounts to registered non-profits. Interested organizations are encouraged to request a few sample network maps and reports to understand their value and application.

Click the http://www.connectedaction.net/shop link to learn more about their work and how you can begin to obtain maps like these.

Use the coupon code sna4nptmi and receive a non profit discount. The first 50 to use this code will receive their first two maps for free.

Other links to view to learn more.


For those who may be interested in learning more about network analysis and tools they might use, here's one article you might look at. If you want to dig deeper, this link points to a site where I've aggregated a few more article to read..